Rating Explanation: for rude humor, some language and mild thematic elements.
Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review: An entertaining modern-day sequel to the original old-fashioned family fantasy featuring a passel of delightful young actors.
DVD Features: Deleted Scenes; Featurettes; A Look Inside; Feature Commentary with Director Susanna White.
Emma Thompson ... Nanny
Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Mrs. Green
Ewan McGregor ... Mr. Green
Oscar Steer ... Vincent Green
Asa Butterfield ... Norman Green
Lil Woods ... Megsie Green
Eros Vlahos ... Cyril Gray
Rosie Taylor-Ritson ... Celia Gray
Daniel Mays ... Blenkinsop
Rhys Ifans ... Phil Green
Maggie Smith ... Mrs. Docherty
Sinead Matthews ... Miss Topsey
Katy Brand ... Miss Turvey
Bill Bailey ... Farmer Macreadie
Nanny McPhee Returns
This sequel to the 2005 hit Nanny McPhee is set in the English countryside during the Second World War. Maggie Gyllenhaal plays Mrs Green, a farmer's wife whose husband (Ewan McGregor) is away fighting the war and whose children, the pre-teens Norman (Asa Butterfield) and Megsie (Lil Woods) and their six-year-old brother Vincent (Oscar Steer) are desperately trying to help her hang onto the farm, despite the fact that her brother-in-law Phil (Rhys Ifans) keeps trying to persuade her to sell it so he can pay off his gambling debts.
When Mrs Green's rich niece Celia (Rosie Taylor-Ritson) and nephew Cyril (Eros Vlahos) are sent to stay on the farm, they immediately start fighting with the children, but just in time, Nanny McPhee (Emma Thompson) mysteriously appears at their door and informs Mrs Green that the children will need to learn five lessons before she will be willing to leave. Meanwhile, Phil begins to be pressured by two female loan sharks (Sinead Matthews and Katy Brand) to pay his debts, and quickly, so he tries to get Mrs Green to put the farm up for sale.
Director Susanna White keeps things moving throughout and gets the tone exactly right, showing particular restraint with the animal poop jokes. Despite the fact that the loan shark sub-plot feels a little thin, the script by Emma Thompson and Christianna Brand is very entertaining and builds to a satisfyingly emotional finale.